BBC chief rejects top-slicing

Mark Thompson, the BBC's director general, has accused a small group of "ideologically focused" people within the UK government of trying to undermine his organisation's financial security.

The BBC chief directed particular attack on the government and Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, listing a series of causes – including the funding of Channel 4 and the provision of regional news programmes on ITV – for which the broadcasting regulator had been keen to top-slice the licence fee.

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